Björn Skifs

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Björn Skifs
Björn Skifs 2014-02-07.jpg
Skifs in 2014
Background information
Birth nameBjörn Nils Olof Skifs
Born (1947-04-20) 20 April 1947 (age 72)
Vansbro, Dalarna, Sweden
GenresPop, rock, schlager
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, actor, screenwriter
LabelsEMI, Capitol, Roxy Recordings
Associated actsSlam Creepers’, Blue Swede

Björn Nils Olof Skifs (About this soundlisten; born 20 April 1947) is a Swedish singer, songwriter, actor, and screenwriter.[1][2][3][4]


Björn Skifs formed his first musical group Slam Creepers in 1962. Slam Creepers split in 1969 and Skifs went on to form a new band, Blåblus (which translates roughly into English as "Blue Suede" - Suede being the word borrowed from French describing Swedish-style brushed leather) in 1972. As the lead singer of Blue Swede, the band had a #1 hit on Billboard Hot 100 in 1974 with a cover of Mark James's "Hooked on a Feeling". This was the first time ever any Swedes had come that far in America with a popular song.

Skifs left the band in 1976 to pursue a solo career.[citation needed] He had recorded the duet Med varann with Anni-Frid Lyngstad for his 1975 album Schiffz. Skifs appeared as The Arbiter on the original studio album for Chess, released in 1984. A single and video, The Arbiter (I Know the Score) was released in 1985. Skifs also recorded several demos for the album, including One Night in Bangkok, later performed by Murray Head. Skifs did not perform the role on stage (in the original London production the character was played by Tom Jobe).

Povel Ramel gave Skifs the Karamelodiktstipendiet award in 1984.

Björn Skifs represented Sweden twice in the Eurovision Song Contest, both in the 1978 contest and in the 1981 contest. In 2000, he hosted Melodifestivalen, the Swedish heat of the Eurovision Song Contest, along with nine other presenters.

In 2002, he had a major hit with the song Håll Mitt Hjärta (Hold My Heart) which is a Swedish version of Peter Hallström's song Same Ol' Story. It stayed on Svensktoppen from 27 April 2003 till 8 January 2006 for a total of 142 weeks.



  • 1969 – From both sides now
  • 1970 – Every bit of my life
  • 1971 – Opopoppa (English: "Up'n Pop")
  • 1972 – Blåblus (English: Blue Suede)
  • 1973 – Pinewood rally
  • 1974 – Out of the blue
  • 1975 – Schiffz (No real significance, title is playing with his surname, "Skifs")[citation needed]
  • 1977 – Watch out!
  • 1979 – Split vision
  • 1980 – Zkiffz (No real significance, title is playing with his surname, "Skifs")[citation needed]
  • 1981 – SPÖK! (English: "Haunting")
  • 1981 – Björns ballader
  • 1983 – If itreallyhappens Then itmustbepossible (Only "If" and "Then" in the title is written in normal letters. The rest is written in a special wingding like font from the commodore 64 computer.)
  • 1984 – Paris – Dakar – Köpenhamn (English: Paris – Dakar – Copenhagen)
  • 1984 – Chess
  • 1985 – Vild honung (English: Wild Honey)
  • 1987 – Zick Zack
  • 2001 – Back on track
  • 2002 – Ingen annan (English: Nobody Else)
  • 2005 – Decennier...Sånger från en annan tid (English: Decades...Songs from a different Time)
  • 2006 – Andra decennier (English: Other Decades)
  • 2007 – Eye to Eye
  • 2010 – Da Capo
  • 2011 – Break the Spell



  • 1972 – Björns ballader
  • 1978 – Björns bästa
  • 1989 – Collection
  • 1990 – Björn Skifs
  • 1991 – Songs for you
  • 1997 – Björn Skifs 50/50
  • 2004 – Skifs Hits!


  • Drömkåken (1993) a.k.a. The Dream House
  • Joker (1991)
  • Strul (1988) a.k.a. Framed
  • Smugglarkungen (1985) a.k.a. King of Smugglers
  • Chess Moves
  • Privatdeckarna: Uppdrag Gran Canaria (1984)
  • Prima Veras saga om Olav den hellige (1983)
  • En flicka på halsen (1982) a.k.a. Saddled with a Girl
  • Sverige åt svenskarna (1980) a.k.a. Battle of Sweden, a.k.a. Sweden for the Swedes, a.k.a. The Drinking Man's War
  • Toy Story (Swedish voice of Woody)
  • Toy Story 2 (Swedish voice of Woody)


External links[edit]

Media related to Björn Skifs at Wikimedia Commons

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
with "Beatles"
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Ted Gärdestad
with "Satellit"
Preceded by
Tomas Ledin
with "Just nu!"
Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "Dag efter dag"'